The Sky Bet League One clash between Wigan Athletic and Lincoln City has been postponed due to international appeals, with a new date to be postponed.
The game between the Latics and the Imps was scheduled to take place next Saturday, October 9, but will now be reorganized due to a number of international calls within Wigan’s squad, it is confirmed by the clubs.
The match was scheduled to take place at Wigan’s DW Stadium, but the decision comes after three players were selected for their national teams during the upcoming international break.
Jordan Jones (Northern Ireland), James McClean and Will Keane (Republic of Ireland) have all been selected, which triggers an EFL rule, stipulating that clubs with three or more invitations are allowed to reschedule league matches at one point. later date. This date has not yet been confirmed, but will be announced in due course.
Nine games after the start of League One, Wigan is pretty well placed in automatic promotions after an impressive start to the season. Jones has played seven times this season, McClean six, but Keane has started all of the Latics’ league games so far and has collected one goal and four assists in that span. The Ireland international has been fantastic for Wigan so far in 2021/22, and would have been a big miss if this game had taken place.
After a bitter loss in the play-off final last season to Blackpool, Lincoln did not have as successful a start as Wigan. The Imps have struggled to find consistency, as they are three points above the relegation zone in occupying 17th position.
Confirmation of the postponement was declared by both clubs yesterday. After a busy Ligue 1 schedule so far, the postponement will give both teams a chance to rest after an influx of games across the league and the EFL Trophy.
It’s a wise move for the Latics to make, with some key strengths missing for the game if it had taken place.
Lincoln will host fourth-placed Plymouth Argyle this weekend in a tough game to try to jumpstart their season after a slow start. Wigan will be keen to put pressure on Sunderland at the top and hold onto their place in the automatic promotion spots, with a victory on their travels to Priestfield Stadium, over Steve Evans’ Gillingham.
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